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Cabinet official takes on unglamorous job as Duterte’s ‘alalay’

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Despite having a glamorous title, there’s nothing enviable about the job of this Cabinet official (CO).

That’s because CO is really nothing more than a high-paying “alalay” to President Rodrigo Duterte.

Politiko has learned that Duterte often orders CO to do menial tasks best left to aides such as printing documents, getting coffee and passing papers around.

While Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go is considered as Duterte’s official aide, he’s practically seen as more powerful than CO because at least, Go holds the Chief Executive’s phone.

As if doing menial tasks isn’t enough to hurt one’s ego, imagine what CO feels since Go’s clout appears to be larger even if he doesn’t hold a Cabinet-rank position.